Archive for the ‘Technology News’ Category


Tweet of the Day: Steve Jobs Tells J-School Student, ‘Leave Us Alone’

The author of the post, Adrian Chen, Long Island University senior Chelsea Kate Isaacs emailed Jobs on Thursday complaining that Apple’s PR department wasn’t replying to any of her e-mails asking about the use of iPads in academic settings: Mr. Jobs, I humbly ask why Apple is so wonderfully attentive to the needs of students, whether it […]

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Gorgeously Retro Fujifilm X100 Sports Optical + Electronic Viewfinder

Fujifilm’s retro-fantastic X100 is probably the hottest-looking camera you’ll see this year. Announced at this year’s Photokina tradeshow, the magnesium-clad compact makes it look like Fujifilm took the wish-list of many photographers and made it real.The first thing you’ll notice is the styling, which looks almost exactly like the rangefinder cameras of the past, right […]

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Facebook Phone? Maybe. Good Idea? No

It was quite the weekend sensation: TechCrunch thought it had a resonant story — though perhaps not in this way. It’s hard to say exactly why the TechCrunch piece on Facebook developing a branded phone caught so much fire and ire. It might, however, be because Facebook took the somewhat unusual step of denying it […]

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Ex-Child Prostitute Sues Village Voice Over Sex Ads

A teenage child trafficking victim has filed a lawsuit against Village Voice Media, for knowingly allowing her pimp to post ads for her “services” on the popular backpage.com. The pimp, Latasha Jewell McFarland, has already pleaded guilty to prostitution charges, but the victim (going by M.A. in the complaint, as she is still a minor) […]

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Six Reasons Why I’m Not On Facebook, By Wired UK’s Editor

“David, you’re sounding like an old dude!” Matt Flannery, who runs social-lending website Kiva, couldn’t understand when I explained that, no, I wouldn’t be keeping in touch with him via Facebook. “What are you worried about?” he teased in a break at the PINC conference in Holland. “Only old guys get worked up about privacy.”Well, […]

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Twitter’s Evan Williams Hosts a Twitter Q&A

Twitter has no plans to launch its own official desktop client, but it is looking into adding a conversational view on its newly announced New Twitter web platform to help make sense of back-and-forth tweet exchanges.No, the company won’t increase the number of characters allowed in a post.And yes, you will get to see the […]

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Facebook’s Virtual Currency Push Hints at Micro-Payments Battle

Zynga recently switched to Facebook Credits and all other major Facebook game developers apparently plan to do the same. Should Apple, Google, and PayPal be worried?Facebook is making a play to become the dominant player in virtual currency — the funny money you use to everything from digital magazines to Farmville turnips. It’s already a […]

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As Other Tech Giants Advance, Yahoo Announces What It Is

Yahoo CTO Raymie Stata explains how Yahoo collects user data to make recommendations.In the last week, Google introduced instant search, Microsoft finally released a modern browser and Twitter released a revamped website intended to be a one-stop shop for what’s new for you. Yahoo responded by calling reporters to its headquarters in Sunnyvale and laying […]

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‘Adult Services’ Shutdown Is Permanent, Craigslist Tells Congress

Craigslist told Congress Wednesday that it had permanently terminated its Adult Services section in response to criticism that it was facilitating child exploitation and prostitution. And it was criticized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a group with whom it had worked, which characterized the shutdown as “progress” and said the classifieds […]

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ABC’s Ingenious App Uses Sound to Sync iPad, TV

The video demonstration for ABC’s new iPad app is hokey, derivative, a bit cheesy, and doesn’t stop playing when you want it to — as one might expect from a big television network strutting its online stuff — so we’re not embedding it here. But the television-syncing iPad app it advertises is nothing short of […]

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